UNDER-23S boss Paul Hall is thrilled with the progress that Ilias Chair is making at loan club Stevenage.
The Rangers youngster linked up with Boro at the end of January and – since making the move – he has bagged six goals in 15 matches for the League Two play-off chasers.
And speaking on this season’s final episode of The Loftcast, Hall admitted that he cannot wait to see Chair return to west London.
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“Ilias is ridiculously good and I’m not surprised at all at what he is doing,” said Hall, who has been helping out with first-team affairs recently. “He could do what he is doing [for Stevenage] at any level.
“He’s an international footballer, he has beautiful technique, understands spaces and he knows when to arrive in the box. In League Two, he is producing goals and assists and I’m sure Stevenage will want him longer but I’m not sure I’d want to give him back!”
The Loftcast – which is free to download – is hosted by R’s legend Andy Sinton and Hall was asked about Rangers’ latest crop of youngsters.
A number of academy graduates could get chances in the first team next season and Hall is excited to see Chair in a hooped shirt again.
He said: “I really like watching Ilias play. One coach said that to me about him once and it was such a great thing to hear.
“The next time I saw Ilias, rather than saying ‘go and express yourself’, I said ‘I really like watching you play’ to him and it was almost like a talking a different language because that sort of thing doesn’t often get said but he knew what I meant.”
Hall hopes that Chair can join the likes of Ebere Eze in making an impact at first-team level.
“If you can get Ebere and Ilias in the same team and they are ‘on it’ then you have got a scary situation for the opposition,” he said.
“But we have to be patient with these guys. They are still very young, you have to know what you have to do for these players to flourish.”
He’s an international footballer, he has beautiful technique, understands spaces and he knows when to arrive in the box.